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    Capacitor vs battery

    Ive done a search and theres quit a bit of discussion on capacitors, and like most I too was under the misconception that a cap would eliminate the dimming of lights and such on hard bass notes. Many people have asked would it be better to put a second battery in since it holds a much larger charge longer. Common sense would say but of course. But what about putting a larger cap in, instead. Im working on an install of two RE HC12's powered by an MA Audio 2.1200, both will get about 600w RMS each. I also have an MA Audio 4ch which is also 1200w. Im concidering a cap simply becuase of room. Upgrading the alternator is out of the question. GM didnt spare an inch puting the LS1 into the FireHawk and theres just no room for a second battery anywhere. I am however looking at a larger 2.5 or 3 farad cap. Do you think a larger cap such as one of these will help reduce the elec surge?







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    Re: Capacitor vs battery

    Quote Originally Posted by 1BadHawk
    Ive done a search and theres quit a bit of discussion on capacitors, and like most I too was under the misconception that a cap would eliminate the dimming of lights and such on hard bass notes. Many people have asked would it be better to put a second battery in since it holds a much larger charge longer. Common sense would say but of course. But what about putting a larger cap in, instead. Im working on an install of two RE HC12's powered by an MA Audio 2.1200, both will get about 600w RMS each. I also have an MA Audio 4ch which is also 1200w. Im concidering a cap simply becuase of room. Upgrading the alternator is out of the question. GM didnt spare an inch puting the LS1 into the FireHawk and theres just no room for a second battery anywhere. I am however looking at a larger 2.5 or 3 farad cap. Do you think a larger cap such as one of these will help reduce the elec surge?
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    Re: Capacitor vs battery

    Look in to a a batcap. It is very small in size and works like a battery and a cap all in one.

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    Re: Capacitor vs battery

    Quote Originally Posted by 60_cent
    Look in to a a batcap. It is very small in size and works like a battery and a cap all in one.

    www.batcap.com


    sorry wrong web address...

    try www.batcap.net



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    Re: Capacitor vs battery

    i would just get a cap. one farad for every 1000 watts. make sure you charge the cap before connecting it directly to 12 volts.




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    Re: Capacitor vs battery

    I would get a battery because, Thay store way more power then a cap and because the cap will run out of power and it doesent need to recharge every time the sub hits. put it this way, if you hook up a Capacitor to the amp and just run the cap it will get at lest 1-10 second vs. a battery you can run it for at lest 10-30 minutes. because it is ment for storing power. and it will be cheeper to get a battery... Look at it this way, people going for a world record use a **** load for batterys because thay store more power then a cap and then you can get more power out of the amp, you would need like 1000 caps to compare to a battry.
    if you want your lights to stop dimming use a cap but if you want a lot of back-up power use a battrey. But I think that Capacitor's look cool...




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    Re: Capacitor vs battery

    If your problem is dimming lights, thee a battery simply cannot help. The reason your lights dim in the first place is your alt runs at about 14.4V. It can only provide so much current at that voltage. As the current demand increases beyond what the alt can provide, the voltage begins to drop until it hits the voltage level of the next available current source, the battery. The battery is usually about 12.8 volts. The change from 14.4 to 12.8 affects everything hooked to your electrical system, but it is most obvious in the lights because with lower voltage the lights will not be as bright. Another battery will not keep the voltage constant at 14.4V when you exceed the current capacity of the alt. Neither will a cap, but the cap does at least start off at 14.4 V and then will slowly discharge, gradually lowering the voltage. The lights will still probably dim, but you won't notice it as much because it is so gradual.

    You really should research a new alt. It may be a tight fit, but I think you might be surprised what's out there. There are several members on here with F-bodies that might be able to help you out with that. Long term, overtaxing your alternator is going to shorten its life as well as the life of your battery. To get the most out of your stock alternator in the mean time, upgrade your battery groung, your engine block ground, and your positive wire from the battery to the alt. Go as big as you can on those wires. 1/0 would be what I would shoot for.



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    Re: Capacitor vs battery

    helotaxi YOUR THE MAN! you laid it down and explained a whole lot. Now the question is how do you know what alternator to get? is it universal like a battery(amps wise) or would it be car specific?



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    Re: Capacitor vs battery

    Quote Originally Posted by cockeyed00
    helotaxi YOUR THE MAN! you laid it down and explained a whole lot. Now the question is how do you know what alternator to get? is it universal like a battery(amps wise) or would it be car specific?
    The case and mounting configuration are usually car specific, or at least make and engine specific, ie GM small block V-8.



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    Re: Capacitor vs battery

    you could get a batcap 800, very light and will work as a battery. 70% batt 30% cap. they are very small considering they have 800A. as for the alternator you can have the same 1 just rewound to get more amps.www.excessiveamperage.com




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    Re: Capacitor vs battery

    how would you know how many amps you would need? would it depend on your setup and everthing in the vehicle? I have a truck and will be getting 5-6 auxilary lights, a jl 500/1 pushing either 2 jl 10w6s or some kicker 10 L7s, a 1500rms/3000max power inverter and i think that's all for now.......how many amps would I consider on getting?



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    Re: Capacitor vs battery

    The more you can get the happier you electrical equipment will be. Caps are a waste of money. Batteries can be helpful. Alternators make all the difference.



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    Re: Capacitor vs battery

    Does anybody have any links to sights that have heavy duty alternators for sale. I have a Pontiac sunfire and could use one now.




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    Re: Capacitor vs battery

    here are 2 ideas for you:
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